Purpose: To work on closeouts, stopping the dribble-drive, and overall 1-on-1 defense. The offensive player gets to work on scoring off of a dribble move.
Drill: Utilize baskets and groups or have all players at one basket. The players will be under the basket but off the court. The first player in line is on the baseline with a basketball. An offensive player starts at the free throw line.
To begin, the first player in line rolls the basketball to the offensive player (in diagram, X1 to O1).
O1 receives the basketball but is not allowed to shoot. He can only drive to the basket using no more than 2 or 3 dribbles.
X1 closes out to contest and defend the drive and shot.
The 1-on-1 play continues until O1 scores or X1 gets the ball.
If the offensive player scores, he stays on offense to play against the next defender. If the defender gets a stop, he becomes the offensive player.